Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Chief of Party for an Arlington, Virginia-based position under the Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) Unit. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
Winrock is seeking Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated global project Targeting Natural Resource Corruption, which will be based in Arlington, VA and coordinate a range of activities to address corruption on the management of biological natural resources. The project seeks to strengthen conservation efforts by drawing on anticorruption work from other sectors to apply lessons learned and insights to address corruption in the conservation context. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
- Provide overall technical leadership and administrative oversight to achieve project results;
- Serve as principal liaison to project donor;
- Oversee and assume responsibility for financial and administrative aspects of the project, including budget management;
- Provide supervision, support, and direction to project - technical and administrative staff, subcontractors, and short-term consultants to ensure effective project implementation across deliverables;
- Administer the project's financial oversight procedures, ensuring compliance with established Winrock accounting principles and donor regulations;
- Monitor project indicators, evaluate results and advise on improvements in project implementation;
- Identify and mitigate project risk;
- Analyze project impact and challenges to adaptively manage the project to meet or exceed results;
- Prepare and monitor implementation of annual work plans and progress reports;
- Prepare and submit quarterly reports on progress of activities and achievement of project results to the donor;
- Interact directly and on a regular basis with the donor and other stakeholders;
- Participate in regular field visits to the project areas to assure project progress towards activity objectives and goals;
- Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with Winrock's Home Office;
- Manage relationships with complementary donor projects;
- Represent Winrock at external meetings and events as required and keep Winrock home office informed regarding new opportunities in the country and region.
Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- Advanced degree required in Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Policy, Governance, Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law or relevant fields of study related to the project. PhD in relevant discipline would be a distinct asset;
- Minimum 10 years of professional experience in similar position in fields related to results and objectives of the project required for the successful implementation, biological natural resources as well as an understanding of related policy and governance issues in the sector;
- Knowledge of civil society strengthening, ideally in the advocacy and watchdog sectors, accountability systems, rule of law;
- Knowledge of and experience with methods and tools to fight corruption at different levels within the natural resource sectors - timber, fisheries and wildlife;
- Knowledge of analytical tools to assess cultural behavior, incentive structures, power relations and other factors shaping institutions;
- Knowledge of international legal frameworks that address corruption, trafficking, and how these are applied at national and local levels;
- Proven exceptional leadership as project director or chief of party in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar size and complex international donor support projects with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting;
- Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies and procedures as related to project management preferred;
- Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams;
- Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions;
- Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries;
- Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to effectively coordinate a broad range of partners and stakeholders;
- Fluency in written and oral English required.
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